By ZBC Reporter
Zanu PF and South Africa’s ANC held a “frank and cordial” meeting in Harare yesterday, where they tackled challenges faced by the region and pledged to deflect attempts by detractors to sow seeds of disharmony through recruiting members both within and outside the two parties.
This comes as the country’s detractors had now turned to social media platforms to damage the reputation of the Zanu PF Government, one of the few governing parties in Africa to repossess land from minority white farmers and redistribute it to blacks.
In a joint communiqué read by Zanu PF secretary for Administration Cde Obert Mpofu, the revolutionary parties, resolved “to have vigilance over fake news and social media agenda-setting for the two parties”.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, ANC secretary-general Cde Ace Magashule expressed concern over the manner in which social media was being used to set the agenda on the continent and called upon the two countries to take control of their destinies by way of controlling natural resources.
“The economic discussion is very important and that is what we are going to carry forward because as long as we don’t have the economy in our hands, as the people of SADC and the people of South Africa, we will continue having problems. Our minerals must not be exploited by outsiders but by our people, empowerment of the young people, empowerment of our women, empowerment of the marginalised Zimbabweans and South Africans will be key for us. We shouldn’t allow social media to set the pace and agenda for us in terms of resolving the challenges we may be facing,” said Magashule.
Cde Mpofu described the meeting as frank and exhaustive as it tackled issues affecting the region as well as how to counter attempts by the country’s detractors to sow seeds of despondence in the region, starting with Zimbabwe.
“We discussed issues of fugitives who seem to be responsible for the misinformation that is being peddled out there. We also avoided the use of the word crisis because there is no crisis in Zimbabwe; that is why my colleague decided that we have challenges, not only in Zimbabwe but also in South Africa. Discussions also revolved on the challenges affecting the two countries and the two parties,” said Cde Mpofu.
The meeting was attended by Zanu PF Politburo and Central Committee members, who included Cdes Mpofu, Patrick Chinamasa, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, July Moyo, Sibusiso Moyo and Ziyambi Ziyambi.
The ANC delegates who attended were the party’s national executive council members, namely Cde Lindiwe Zulu, Mapisa Ngakhula, Nomvula Mokonyane, Enock Godongwana, Tony Yengeni and Dakota Lekgoete.